After traveling to just about every corner of the country, following high school football through the years, there are many talented areas for football.
As you know, I feel that South Florida – Miami Dade County in particular – is unmatched when it comes to churning out top-flight talent, but having watched football in Texas, especially the Houston area, this is certainly a region that gets your attention. Great players, tremendous coaches and that passion.
Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Dallas….you can name the best areas and feel hey belong with Miami and Houston, but numbers do not lie. This year. Miami-Dade (44) and Houston (37) were the top two areas in the country for putting players into the NFL.
Being here for Saturday’s game between nationally-rated Katy and Florida’s Cypress Bay, I am getting the chance to watch 10 schools and some five games over the next two days. The passion for the game is much like Dallas and north Texas, where I had the pleasure of visiting last year. The talent far exceeds what many believe when thinking of this area.
The Houston area has great teams such as Hightower (A.J. Highsmith), North Shore, Westfield, Cy Ridge, Katy, Lufkin, Marshall, Lamar, Eisenhower (Craig Loston), Pearland and Westbrook who would stack up against any school in the country.
Remember last week’s Oregon State win over USC? Freshman running back Jacquizz Rodgers (5-7, 180) is a product of Lamar Consolidated, where he finished his career with 8,200 yards and 136 touchdowns. Best ever in the state!
Katy may be 3-2, but this is a program that is what Houston area football is all about. They have a flowing pipeline to the next level with Terrance Frederick (Texas A&M), Trent Hunter (Texas A&M), quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell (SMU) and Aundre Dean (UCLA) from last year’s squad.
The region is also home to such standouts as Cypress Ridge quarterback Russell Shepard, defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland (Lufkin), defensive back Marcus Davis (Clear Creek), receiver Josh Gordon (Lamar), offensive lineman Clint Naron (Klein Oak) and defensive end Alex Okafor (Pflugerville).
I will have more over the next few days.